Species: Iatandza

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Species profile
The heartwood is yellow brown to dark red brown with golden glints. It has clearly demarcated sapwood. The grain is sometimes highly interlocked and the texture is coarse.

The blunting effect is normal and peeling and slicing is reported to be good. Irritant sawdust. Nailing is good but pre-boring is necessary. Tends to split in nailing. Gluing is correct. Iatandza dries slowly. Risk of distortion in presence of highly interlocked grain.

Iatandza is durable to fungi and is durable to dry wood borers; sapwood demarcated (risk limited to sapwood).

Iatandza can be used for several applications:
• interior: e.g. high class furniture, stairs, panelling, flooring, boxes and crates, veneer, light carpentry, joinery, formwork, sliced veneer
• exterior: e.g. wood frame house, bridges, panelling, joinery

Filling is necessary to obtain a good finish.

• CIRAD Forestry Department

Family:FABACEAE-MIMOSOIDEAE (angiosperm)
Local and common name(s)
Zanzangue, Evouvous, Yatandza, Okuro, Mugavu, Elongwamba, West African Albizia, Agla Nyinfun, Sifou-Sifou, Aviemfo-Samina, Ayinre-Ogo, Nongo, Okuru,
Scientific name(s)
Albizia ferruginea, Albizia angolensis (synonymous),
Typical use
Veneer for interior of plywood, Blockboard, Light carpentry, Interior joinery, Current furniture or furniture components, Turned goods, Exterior panelling, Bridges (Parts not in contact with water or ground), Formwork, Sliced veneer, Veneer for back or face of plywood, Flooring, Glued laminated, Interior panelling, Boxes and crates, Exterior joinery, Wood frame house, Stairs (inside), Cabinetwork (high class furniture),
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Red Brown
Physical description
Crushing strength:50 (+/- 5) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,60 (+/- 0,05)
Static bending strength:81 (+/- 14)
Dry wood borers:Class D - Durable
Fungi:Class 2 - Durable
Termites:Class D - Durable
Treatability:Class 3 - Poorly permeable
Technical descriptions from the software Tropix 7 [1], with permission of the Research Unit Biomass, Wood, Energy, Bioproducts [2], CIRAD [3].

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